The Taguba Report investigated the alleged abuse and torture that occurred at the Abu Ghraib Prison in Iraq. American soldiers with the 320th Military Police Battalion were charged by the Department of Defense for the crimes, and a total of 11 soldiers faced courts martial and military prison time.
The crimes listed in the Taguba report directly violated terms under the Geneva Conventions. The Office of the Secretary of Defense and Joint Staff describes the violations in sections 6 and 8 of Part One of the AR-15 (Finding and Recommendations), aka the Taguba Report.
Section 6 described the following crimes against prisoners of war:
· punching, slapping and kicking, including jumping on their feet
· taking pictures and video of name male and female prisoners
· arranging detainees against their will in sexual positions
· forcing detainees to remain naked for days in a row
· making male detainees wear lady’s underwear
· forcing males to masturbate while being recorded and photographed
· placing naked males in piles and jumping on them
· placing a naked male in a box with a sandbag on his head and wire attached to his phalanges and penis
· writing the words “I am a Rapist” on the leg of a detainee and photographing the name naked
· making a male detainee wear a dog leash and having a female solider pose next to the man
· a male military police member had sex with a female detainee
· threatening and intimidating detainees with non-muzzled work dogs
· taking pictures of dead detainees
Section 8 describes other violations that include breaking chemical lights and pouring phosphoric on detainee, sodomizing a male detainee with a chemical light, repeated threats with work dogs, and more.
The Taguba Report severely damaged the United State’s reputation in the eyes of local Iraqis and allies around the world as well. The U.S. military saw a huge backlash from the Arab community after the report surfaced.